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History of the Giving Holiday November 26, 2009

Posted by bigworldcentral in Misc., Uncategorized, USA News.
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First and foremost – Big World Central would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. We hope you stay safe, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day for getting together with your family and giving a day of thanks. The holiday ‘Thanksgiving’ is only celebrated in the United States and Canada. Canada’s thanksgiving comes before the United States. The first occurrence of Thanksgiving in the United States happened on Plymouth rock in 1621. The Plymouth celebration was a tradition throughout the 13 colonies. This was a very important holiday for all Americans by the 1800’s. In Canada it is celebrated on the second Monday in October and in the United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.

Here are some interesting facts on Thanksgiving;

a) It was not until 1941 that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be held on the fourth Thursday in November.

b) The first known thanksgiving feast or festival in North America was celebrated by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and the people he called “Tejas” (members of the Hasinai group of Caddo-speaking Native Americans).

c) Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

d) 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

e) Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”

And with that, once again we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you are celebrating it. Don’t get too stuffed on the Turkey!

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